See how God provided in an amazing way for Anthony Herrera:
I want to just first off thank the God that I serve! He is a super hero, he surprises me when I don't know it and he reminds me that radical Christianity is Christianity. I have two things I want to share with you all about this life changing fundraiser I experienced this past weekend ! First and foremost, I must thank my amazing boss Tammy Guadagno for allowing me to do these HYC trips and giving me the opportunity to dream! Tammy thank you for your extra-mile heart and desi re to always give back to the community, it multiplies into many people's hearts! This fundraiser Is the most I've ever made before !I made $1,325 from 11-5 and I cannot tell you again that we literally have a father in Heaven that is not a father who created money, he is a father all about the heart!!! If we change our heart he can give us this green paper to go wherever we want to go!
First thing I learned from all of this is that our success comes from opportunities, I am not nearly successful on these fundraisers on my own. It is the people who help me get here that allowed me to become successful! So I want to say THANK YOU EVERYONE for allowing me to be successful! I take no credit and give all my credit back to God! Once again thank you so much guys this means the world to me!!!!! So everyone I want to challenge you take as much opportunities that you can! When God sees your heart he will bring you success.
Secondly, I learned a valuable lesson from my roommate Gary of what religion means to God:
“Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
James 1:26-27 NIV
Religion that our father accepts is to be set apart and serve the poor! HYC engraves this new religion in your life forever, you will redefine this lost Christianity in the world and stand out ! So please I dare you guys to speak out loud of your fundraiser, put aside your worries and TRUST that he will bless you! HYC is so life changing, it helps us revive our culture here in America! I pray that God uses my experience to challenge you guys to trust in him more! Be radical in the way you want to fundraise and he will most definitely be radical to you !!!!
The team at Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital recently celebrated its 5 year anniversary. SKMH opened in April 2012 with the mission to meet the needs of poor children and women of Southern Cambodia. It is managed by HOPE worldwide . Since its opening, nearly 50,000 patients have been touched by the team. On May 26, the hospital honored 31 employees who have served since the hospital’s opening day. Through the dedication of its staff and supporters, SKMH has seen tremendous growth. Since its opening, the hospital has accomplished the following:
· More than 140,000 patient consultations with nearly 50,000 new patients
· 71% of visits have been for women and children
· Nearly 800 children have been born at the hospital since the opening of the Maternity building in November 2014
· 7 Cambodian doctors have graduated from three year hospital training program.
· Currently employs over 180 people
· The Neo Natal Intensive care unit opened November 2015. To date the NICU has served 49 children
· Centralized Medical Gas System for NICU and campus opened in November 2016.
· Surgical department opened in 2015
· Surgical team has performed over 360 surgeries in 2016, not including C-Sections. 86 surgeries have been for children
· Blood bank opened in August 2016
· A Learning Center for children of hospital staff opened on June 12
Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital has been blessed with international support from medical and administrative partners as well as volunteers from around the world to serve and teach. The local Cambodian staff continues to grow and serves as the primary patient care providers.
The team is grateful for all the support that has been given this past five years; however, there remains more to do. Future development includes the addition of a CT scan, upgraded X-ray diagnostic equipment, continued development of staff training programming and pursuit of international accreditations. Please consider how you can make a difference at the Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital. Go to https://www.hopeww.org/donate . Use the drop down box and select Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital. If you wish to learn more about the Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital, please visit www.skmh.org .
Dr. Rin Receiving the Empathy Amplified AwardClick here to watch .
Jenny Harkabus spent Christmas serving in the Philippines. She wrote this, and also made a short video:
I did not imagine that I would be spending Christmas in the Philippines for my first HOPE Youth Corps experience. This opportunity has deeply changed my perspective on the importance of service in my daily walk.
We are created in God's image, therefore we are meant to help and serve others. I know this to be true because I have never felt so used by God and fulfilled, than the times spent serving and pouring out my love in the Philippines.
James 1:27 says, " Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." Some translations refer to this as true religion. The bible also stresses the importance of giving to the poor (1 John 3:17, Matt 9:21, Proverbs 14:31). God considers caring for the poor and orphans as true religion, yet this can be an area of faith that is overlooked.
I was privileged to spend time with girls who have experienced trauma and abuse at the HOPE worldwide center in Laguna. Many of these girls have been separated from their families, becoming orphans, as a result of the abuse they have experienced. I also received the opportunity to play with children within the community as we rebuilt their homes and provided them with medical care. I witnessed the children’s precious value for human relationships, as they clung to me emotionally and physically. They showed me instant love and respect, which I find to be rare in today’s society. Our focus should be about investing in others just as the children in the Philippines invested in me.